News – UK – The dilemma Neil Warnock will welcome off Coventry

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Boro makes his way to St Andrew’s who needs a win to build his six best hopes for the championship

After the late show against Cardiff, Middlesbrough is heading to Coventry and needs three points to keep the pressure on the sides above

In his pre-game press conference, Neil Warnock spoke about substitutes and what he wants from them

“I expect explosiveness and really show myself what I’ve missed by not even starting it”

That’s exactly what he got on Saturday against Cardiff, game changers who saved a point for Boro, the very least that was needed in the fight for the top six

The impact of the imported people gives Warnock a dilemma that he will welcome before Coventry. Have the submarines done enough to take off?

Neeskens Kebano was the bench pick, adding to the pace and unpredictability.He was only left out because of the amount of football he has played lately so he will likely be back at Coventry from the start / p>

They all played their part against the Bluebirds, Spence hit Kebano for the cross to goal, Akpom approached McNair and Johnson left for an outlet

We’re starting with Johnson No player has scored more Boro goals this season, yet his only start since the Birmingham defeat in mid-January was the 0-0 draw at Norwich Warnock admits that Johnson was “unlucky” and after the disappointment in Bristol City when the boss had good reasons to ring the changes, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see Johnson back at the XI.But he wasn’t one of the four changes

Of course there is now competition Johnson has company in the form of Kebano, Bolasie when fit, and Bola when Boro is playing with full-backs

There is also competition for Djed Spence, who has fallen behind Darnell Fisher as a right-back or right-back, and for several players in a more advanced role on the right.There is no doubt about Spence’s talent, but like Warnock several times this season The point is for the youngster to make the most of it with the right application and attitude. His cameo against Cardiff was promising

And then there is the decision of the striker to go with Assombalonga again or give Akpom his chance? The former had cut out his work against Cardiff’s physical backline, but it didn’t exactly make it impossible for the boss to leave him out, which has been too often the case with Assombalonga and Akpom this season

Don’t be surprised if Warnock changes something there and Akpom gets his off-screen chance

Grant Hall was calm, confident and solid against Cardiff after spending much of the first half of the season on the sidelines seeing Dael Fry and Paddy McNair excel and Warnock purring about the pair, the summer signing of QPR had to turn out to be the summer signing of QPR asked how he would get his chance if he was fit again

But in the championship with injuries, suspensions and the schedule, the opportunity will mostly come up and Hall took it, impressively from the bench in Derby and the off against Huddersfield and Cardiff

He certainly did enough against Cardiff to keep his place at Coventry, but it matters if he is ready for two games in four days and Warnock joked that the mid-half to Huddersfield was as stiff as a board and was relieved to get the rest of the reading in Reading, but with some additional training and 14 days of conditioning he could feel ready to go back to St Andrew’s to play

That and Warnock’s decision on form will determine whether Paddy McNair falls back into defense or continues in midfield, where he played over the weekend

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News – GB – The dilemma Neil Warnock will welcome off Coventry

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